De. Seuss’ The Grinch (Universal Pictures)

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted.

(Critics' Choices capsule reviews are by Kenneth Turan (K.Tu.), Justin Chang (J.C.) and other reviewers. Openings compiled by Kevin Crust.)


"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" _ Joel and Ethan Coen take on tales of the American West in this theatrical release of their six-part anthology. With Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Tom Waits, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan, Brendan Gleason, Bill Heck. Written and directed by the Coens. Netflix

"Blue My Mind" _ An increasingly out-of-control teenage girl undergoes a shocking transformation in this imported fantasy drama. With Luna Wedler, Zoe Pastelle Holthuizen, Regula Grauwiller. Written and directed by Lisa Bruhlmann. Uncork'd Entertainment

"The Delinquent Season" _ Two couples face marital troubles in this drama from Ireland. With Cillian Murphy, Eva Birthistle, Catherine Walker, Andrew Scott. Written and directed by Mark O'Rowe. Blue Fox Entertainment

"The Divide" _ An aging rancher in drought-plagued 1970s-era California deals with Alzheimer's disease and a past tragedy. With Perry King, Bryan Kaplan, Sara Arrington. Written by Jana F. Brown. Directed by King. Arya Worldwide Entertainment

"Dr. Seuss' The Grinch" _ Benedict Cumberbatch voices the green meanie who threatens Christmas in Who-ville in this computer-animated retelling of the holiday classic. Voices by Angela Lansbury, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Pharrell Williams. Written by Michael LeSieur, Tommy Swerdlow; based on the book by Dr. Seuss. Directed by Scott Mosier, Yarrow Cheney. Universal Pictures

"El Angel" _ A baby-faced teen in Argentina graduates from thievery to murder in this fact-based drama. Written by Sergio Olguin, Rodolfo Palacios, Luis Ortega. Directed by Ortega. The Orchard

"The First Patient" _ Documentary follows first-year med students learning to dissect the human body in a gross-anatomy course. Directed by Chip Duncan. ro(ASTERISK)co Films

"The Front Runner" _ Hugh Jackman portrays Sen. Gary Hart, whose pursuit of the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination was derailed by news of an extramarital affair. With Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina. Written by Matt Bai, Jay Carson, Jason Reitman; based on a book by Bai. Directed by Reitman. Columbia Pictures / Stage 6

"The Girl in the Spider's Web" _ "The Crown's" Claire Foy takes over as outcast Lisbeth Salander in the latest chapter in the "Dragon Tattoo" saga. With Lakeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks, Stephen Merchant, Vicky Krieps. Written by Fede Alvarez, Jay Basu, Steven Knight; based on the novel by David Lagercrantz, with characters created by Stieg Larsson. Directed by Alvarez. Columbia Pictures / MGM

"Here and Now" _ A diagnosis upends the life of a nightclub singer (Sarah Jessica Parker). With Simon Baker, Common, Jacqueline Bisset, Renee Zellweger. Written by Laura Eason. Directed by Fabien Constant. AMBI Distribution

"In a Relationship" _ One young couple's relationship blossoms as their mutual friends' relationship falters. With Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Dree Hemingway, Patrick Gibson. Written and directed by Sam Boyd. Vertical Entertainment

"Lez Bomb" _ Complications arise when a closeted young lesbian brings her girlfriend home for Thanksgiving. With Jenna Laurenzo, Caitlin Mehner, Cloris Leachman, Steve Guttenberg, Brandon Micheal Hall, Kevin Pollak. Written and directed by Laurenzo. (1:30) NR. Gravitas Ventures

"Liz and the Blue Bird" _ Animated tale about two high school girls who share a love of music. Written by Ayano Takeda, Reiko Yoshida. Directed by Naoko Yamada. Eleven Arts

"The New Romantic" _ A coed gives up on boys her own age and dates an older man instead. With Sarah Armstrong, Daina Barbeau, Jessica Barden. Written and directed by Carly Ann Stone; story by Stone and Kyle Mann. The Orchard

"Outlaw King" _ Historical drama about 14th century Scottish leader Robert the Bruce and his fight against the English crown. With Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, Billy Howle, Tony Curran, Stephen Dillane. Written by Mark Bomback, Bathsheba Doran, David Harrower, James MacInnes, David Mackenzie. Directed by David Mackenzie. Netflix

"Overlord" _ U.S. paratroopers landing in France in advance of D-Day face an unexpected enemy in this action-horror mashup. With Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Pilou Asbæk, Mathilde Ollivier, John Magaro, Iain de Caestecker. Written by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith, story by Ray. Directed by Julius Avery. Paramount Pictures

"Philosopher King" _ Documentary-animation on Lee Teng-hui, the first Taiwanese president born on the island. Directed by Hideto Sonoda. Independent

"Pimp" _ A young female pimp in the Bronx cares for her prostitute mother and girlfriend. Keke Palmer, Vanessa Morgan, Aunjanue Ellis, Haley Ramm. Written and directed by Christine Crokos. Vertical Entertainment

"The Price of Free" _ Documentary about Indian activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi's campaign against child slavery. Directed by Derek Doneen. Participant Media / Concordia Studio / YouTube Originals

"River Runs Red" _ A judge teams with a veteran detective and a grieving father to take revenge on the two dirty cops who killed his son. With Taye Diggs, John Cusack, George Lopez, Luke Hemsworth, Gianni Capaldi, Briana Evigan. Written and directed by Wes Miller. Cinedigm

"Searching for Ingmar Bergman" _ Documentary on the life, work and legacy of the revered Swedish filmmaker. Directed by Felix Moeller, Margarethe von Trotta, Bettina Bohler. Oscilloscope Laboratories

"They Fight" _ Documentary about an after-school program for young boxers in an underprivileged Washington, D.C., neighborhood. Directed by Andrew Renzi. Fox Sports Films

"3100: Run and Become" _ Documentary about the spiritual benefits of running. Directed by Sanjay Rawal. Illumine Group

"Time Freak" _ A physics prodigy builds a time machine to get a second chance at romance with the girlfriend who dumped him. With Sophie Turner, Asa Butterfield, Skyler Gisondo. Written and directed by Andrew Bowler. Lionsgate

"Weightless" _ A loner becomes responsible for the 10-year-old son he hasn't seen since the boy was an infant. With Marc Menchaca, Alessandro Nivola, Julianne Nicholson, Johnny Knoxville, Siobhan Fallon Hogan. Written by Enda Walsh; story by Charlotte Colbert, Jaron Albertin. Directed by Albertin. Paladin / Great Point Media


"A Bread Factory" _ Tyne Daly leads a superb ensemble in Patrick Wang's wondrously layered and inventive two-part drama about a small community arts center at a crossroads, which runs four hours and doesn't have a single wasted minute. (J.C.) NR

"Colette" _ Well-acted by Keira Knightley and Dominic West, Wash Westmoreland's witty, spirited English-language biopic follows the great French writer Colette during her early marriage to a literary impresario who nurtured, exploited and ultimately betrayed her talent. (J.C.) R

"First Man" _ Reteaming with "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle, Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong in a richly idiosyncratic space-race drama that thrills, moves and perplexes in roughly equal measure. (J.C.) PG-13

"Halloween" _ Jamie Lee Curtis makes a forceful return in David Gordon Green's scary, propulsive sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 horror landmark that shrewdly pretends the various reboots and follow-ups never existed. (J.C.) R

"Shirkers" _ Sandi Tan recounts the bizarre circumstances surrounding the loss and rediscovery of "Shirkers," the 1992 debut feature she made in Singapore, in this rich, strange and captivating documentary. (J.C.) Netflix

"The Sisters Brothers" _ John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Riz Ahmed and Jake Gyllenhaal make superb company in French director Jacques Audiard's English-language debut, a funny, sad, brutal Western about outlaws and prospectors searching for gold and deliverance in 1850s Oregon. (J.C.) R

"A Star Is Born" _ No matter how many previous versions of "A Star Is Born" you've seen, the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga extravaganza about a star on the rise falling for a star on the way down should not be missed. (K.Tu.) R

"Suspiria" _ In a departure from the lush, sensual style he perfected in "Call Me by Your Name," Luca Guadagnino tackles Dario Argento's 1977 horror landmark and emerges with a brutal, politically charged and surprisingly melancholy reimagining. (J.C.) R

"Thunder Road" _ Writer-director-star Jim Cummings is a triple threat in this savage, soulful and often indescribably funny first feature, in which he plays a straight-arrow Texas cop dealing with grief and disappointment. (J.C.) NR Limited

"Wildlife" _ Superb turns by Ed Oxenbould, Jake Gyllenhaal and a never-better Carey Mulligan power this drama about a marriage's disintegration in 1960 Montana, directed with intelligence and deliberation by Paul Dano. (J.C.) PG-13 Limited

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